Commentary

05.05.14

Shale gas boom has transformed our part of the state: As I See It

To see the positive impact responsible shale development is having across our region, look no further than the new and expanded hotels, bustling restaurants, thriving small businesses and contractors whose phones are ringing off the hook.

 

04.28.14

Guest Voice of Dennis L. Martire: Pa. should grow fracking industry

Pennsylvania needs to invest more resources into developing the hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," industry in the Marcellus Shale. Most people know that fracking has played a big role in stabilizing Pennsylvania's economy during the recent recession.

 

04.18.14

Corbett plan is good for parks

Extracting gas can help improve state parks and forests

 

11.09.13

The truth about fracking? - An oilfield engineer seeks to reassure you

Delaney Leigh, a Kalispell native, is an oil engineer and a graduate of Montana Tech University. She has worked for an oil services company for the past decade and has lived/worked in Siberia, Calgary and Denver. She has posted an article on the truth about fracking.

 

08.23.13

Pennsylvania's energy solution scares Saudis

Recently, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal issued a sober warning to his government that, "rising North American shale gas production is an inevitable threat" to the economy of Saudi Arabia.

 

08.07.13

Fracking's benefits

It's time to understand the truth about fracking and natural-gas exploration in Pennsylvania.

 

06.14.13

Poll: Broad, Bipartisan Consensus to Build Keystone Pipeline

A new poll from Harris Interactive shows that there is broad, bipartisan consensus to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. According to the poll, 70 percent of voters support the pipeline. This includes 83 percent of Republican voters, followed closely by 69 percent of Independents and 63 percent of Democrats.

 

02.28.13

Stephen Verotsky | Cautious optimism seen in Marcellus Shale industry

The oil and gas industry should be applauded for developing the technology that makes it possible to extract natural gas that is trapped in the Marcellus Shale. However, as with most industrial procedures, there are unwelcomed outcomes that should be of concern. Marcellus Shale is a gas-rich formation that extends under five states in the Northeast. Most of the current production is in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

 

02.18.13

Gas exploration benefits economy far from Marcellus region

In November 2011, I stood on the House floor and explained how the Marcellus Shale impact fee and associated gas drilling regulations struck the proper balance between environmental safety and private property rights without hindering the economic growth all lawmakers wish for Pennsylvania.

 

02.05.13

Natural gas a win-win

Growing up as a farmer's daughter, I know first-hand the countless hours of hard work needed to keep a family farm going. My parents both worked outside the farm to help the farm stay alive financially. They were often referred to as the night farmers, as this was their only chance to get to the fields after working their full-time jobs. The natural gas wells are not about financial gain or greed, but about the farms being able to pay for themselves. It's a chance for farmers to update worn-out equipment, repair and replace old buildings and do the needed maintenance to keep the farm going for future generations.